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To start off 2016 we are going to be doing some “lighter” recipes for our audience. Don’t worry the Southern Recipes will always be the main staple of our website, but we thought it may be fun to do some lighter recipes as well. It is always nice to mix things up a bit and I think these are recipes you will enjoy!



This recipe is EXTREMELY simple and is great for a busy night when you want a hot healthy meal.

1lb of Lean Ground Turkey
2 bags of Cole Slaw (1lb bags) – you can use only one bag if you want, cabbage cooks way down, that is why I use two.
2 tablespoons of Chili Powder
2 tablespoons of Cumin

Brown your ground turkey and add your seasonings, then add your coleslaw to the skillet. You may need to add a little water if your skillet is dry. Continue to cook on medium heat until the cabbage is at the consistency you desire. I like mine to be really cooked, but some people prefer it more crunchy. If you plan to keep it crunchy, then you may start with one bag of slaw and add more if needed.


This is a very versatile recipe, you can add whatever seasonings you desire or make with ground beef, etc. Top it with low sodium soy sauce, hot sauce or anything you like.  It is also great for breakfast, you can add an egg for extra protein. Perfect to make on a Sunday and enjoy for lunch during the week since it will keep. Enjoy!

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  1. I made this tonight. It looks amazing, but when I tasted it, it was very dry and tasteless. What did I do wrong or what can I do to make it have more flavor? Thank you!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Gosh Christy, I really don’t know. Maybe it was cooked to long if it was dry, you may need to add more water. As far as tasteless, maybe add more spices that you like, garlic, coconut aminos (in replace of soy sauce or use soy sauce) and ginger. You could also add some sesame oil. I hope this helps.

  2. Brenda Windham says:

    Very impressed with the easy steps to one of my favorite dishes.

  3. I have made this on several occasions with different types of meats, such as ground turkey, hamburger, ground pork, and Neese’s sausage seasoned with sage. I love the taste the sage gives it!!!!! I am fixing it again tonight the kids love it…they like to scoop it up with corn chips!!!

  4. This looks delicious, I can’t wait to give it a try!

  5. A perfect recipe – It sounds delicious and is amazingly easy to make.

  6. I make something similar to this but I add some chopped onion and pepper (although I guess that makes it different from an egg roll). I could eat the entire pan in one sitting. 🙂

  7. Carla Marley says:

    I’m in the process of making this right now……The picture of yours doesn’t look like it has chili powder or cumin. I was thinking 2 tablespoons would make it kinda red. Please let me know, it the picture is the finished product or not. Thanks for all you wonderful recipes!!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Yes Carla, it is the finished product. I have made this dish many times and it has never been red. Enjoy!

      • I made the recipe and enjoyed it. But it had more of a Tex-Mex or Taco flavor. What spices should I use to make it taste more like Chinese egg roll?

      • The Southern Lady says:

        You might try adding a little ginger and some soy sauce.

  8. Carol Codling says:

    Made this for dinner last night. Everyone enjoyed it including my two grandsons who are picky eaters. Also made the 7-Up Biscuits as well which were an even greater hit with the boys. They spread sour cream on them!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Carol, I am so glad to hear everyone enjoyed the recipes!! Thank you for letting me know. Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Sandi Doziet says:

    What are some good things to serve with “egg roll in a bowl” ?

  10. could you serve it over rice

  11. Suellen Dehnke says:

    I wish I’d seen this earlier. I had a pound of ground beef and a head of cabbage that I needed to use. I just threw them in a pot and started a vegetable soup of sorts. This looks really interesting.

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